The Century House Preservationists held their annual fundraiser at the Century House in Lambertville, Michigan the first weekend in December. The fundraiser allowed the public to tour the historic home. The group decorated the house with antique holiday decorations. The donations collected will further support preservation efforts on the cabin that was once slated for demolition. 1
Century House was the former home of the famous hymnist, Ina Duley Ogden and her family. Odgen wrote the hymn, "Brighten The Corner Where You Are" at the home in 1912 while she tended to her ailing father. 1,3 The cabin was originally built in 1834 with additions added some 30 years later. 2 Ogden lived in the cabin for many years, until shortly before her death in 1964. 3 The cabin transferred ownership to Ogden's relatives upon her death. The cabin stood on the Summerfield Road plot unoccupied for many years.
The Preservationists made extensive restorations along with the cabin's new owner, since the property switched hands in 2009. 1 The volunteers showcased Ogden's piano, recently donated to the group. The piano was used by Ogden to compose her famous hymn and countless others. The piano traveled to Lambertville by way of a Cleveland suburb. The piano, an upright Weber, was donated by the family of Ogden's former pastor. 3 A local historian played hymns for the curious visitors during the tour. The group provided hot chocolate and cider and discussed the history of the home in further detail.
"Brighten The Corner Where You Are" - Ina Duley Ogden 1
Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Just above are clouded skies that you may want to help clear
Here for all your talent you may surley find a need
Brighten the corner where you are
If you would like more information about Century House , please visit the Century House Preservationists website. (Click here)
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3. Ryan. C. "Piano Brightens the Corner of Hymnist Home Once More". Toledo Blade. July 1, 2013.
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